By Samantha Molina
Exotic cars, concept vehicles and cars installed with the latest automotive technologies will fill the Phoenix Convention Center Thursday, November 28, and Sunday, December 1, for the 2019 model Arizona International Auto Show.
Nearly 500 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and alternative fuel options from 35 different manufacturers will be shown.
Show spokeswoman DeeDee Taft says the event was designed to engage car lovers around the state and show off what’s new in the automotive world. With over six football fields of car exhibits, it will be hard not to find something for everyone to enjoy.
“Every car is completely unlocked and open,” Taft says. “They are ready for show-goers to climb on in and try them on for size. There’s nothing like physically sitting in your dream car.”
The 2019 domestic models on the show floor include the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Altima and Nissan Kicks. Taft says popular attractions are the lowriders from area clubs and vehicles dating as far back as 1920s.
Exotic vehicles on display at the Penske Luxury Salon will turn heads, including models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Rolls-Royce.
At the show’s free, off-road indoor test center, visitors can take a spin and get a feel for the performance and handling of more than 75 new vehicles from such manufacturers as Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota. A professional driver will give riders a firsthand experience of all that the vehicles have to offer.
“This is so great for car lovers, regardless if you are looking to buy or simply dreaming of buying one of the autos we will be showing off,” Taft says. “While you can’t buy a car at the show, it allows those looking to make a more accurate comparison of each of the car’s specs and features.”
This year, the Arizona International Auto Show will feature a platform for car enthusiasts to learn more about the variety of fuel-saving and environmentally friendly options. This includes hydrogen fuel cell models, gas-electric hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles.
“We are currently seeing a huge boom in electric and plug-in cars,” Taft says. “Visitors can expect to see a handful of these types of automobiles in the showcase lineup.”
Family Day—Sunday, November 25—allows children 12 and younger to visit for free with a paying adult. Activities like the American Family Kids Test Track, where young ones are invited to test drive electric cars on a minitest track, will be sure to amuse a younger crowd. Thrilling racing simulators and a selfie station complete with a 12-foot tall Bumblebee Transformer will also be featured at the show this year.
Courtesy of the Penske Museum, the 1984 Indianapolis 500 winning Indy car driven by race car driver Rick Mears will be on display.
All attendees will receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each online ticket order or box office purchase
“We’ve made this show an annual tradition in Phoenix. We hope this event draws in returning visitors as well as new guests who are full of turkey and ready to have a blast,” Taft says.
Arizona International Auto Show, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 W. Third Street, Phoenix, autoshowphoenix.com, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 28, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 1, $7-$11.